Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin is made in Sydney by former Lark distiller Joe Dinsmoor, who began his distilling career aged 18 and has already built an impressive reputation. (You can read more about my visit to Archie Rose Distillery here).
Archie Rose use three different distillation methods to make their gin, making the most out of their custom-built still. Maceration (the botanicals are steeped in alcohol in the still), hot vapour infusion (botanicals are placed in a basket over the boiling alcohol), and cool vapour infusion (some botanicals are held in the still’s Lyne arm. These three methods ensure that the flavour of each botanical is preserved as much as possible through the process.
The botanicals used in Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin, are a perfect mix of traditional: juniper, coriander, ginger, orange, angelica root, liquorice root, orris root, cardamom, cassia bark and native Australian: dorrigo pepper (a rainforest shrub from the tablelands of Northern New South Wales, river mint (from South Australia), lemon myrtle (know as the queen of the lemon herbs) and blood lime (a CSIRO created citrus fruit combining finger limes and Rangpur limes).
As you would expect from a ‘Dry’ the aroma is all citrus and pine notes. The flavour is very well-balanced with a decent juniper hit and warm, spicy peppery notes finishing with a lingering sweetness and a wonderful mouth-feel.
The blend of traditional and native ingredients, the triple distillation method and six-times filtered water results in a truly excellent gin that was magnificent in my Gibson martini.
Not content with making one of the best Australian dry gins (in my humble opinion), you can visit Archie Rose Distillery and make your own, or perhaps sample their extensive gin collection in the bar. Whatever you choose to do, you won’t be disappointed.
Country of origin: Australia
Archie Rose Distillery 85 Dunning Ave,Rosebery NSW 2018.